• Feb 24, 2007

Way back in January, we saw pictures of what many thought was the new Z9, but we Autobloggers weren't so sure. The folks over at KGP Photography captured a series of spy shots that shows that it's extremely likely that this future BMW is likely the Z4 or even a still smaller Z2.


The size of the vehicle, which led many to believe that it was an ultra-exclusive Z9, is turning out to be little more than clever camo. Obvious gaps at the base of the windshield show four to six inches between the padding and the actual vehicle. Also visible were cloth seats, which could be evidence of a less pricey convertible. The mythic Z9 has been a dream to BMW enthusiasts all over the world, but we're sure they won't mind a more affordable Bimmer roadster either.

[Source: Winding Road]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      New rear suspension, out with the 3 link, in with the 5 link.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yes, or the Mini, or the Miata. Anything but the Bimmer Z!
      • 7 Years Ago
      YOU GUYS!-- Chris, why all the controversial Z2 and Z9 stuff? Just to make the blog entry get noticed?

      All one has to do is go to the BMW site, look at a similar view of the present car -- identical windshield, same distances from doors to wheel openings -- it is a Z4 face lift (not a new Z4) with fat padding, presumably to encourage careless reporting.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Unless it was a Z9 test mule, I think it is poor judgment for anyone to seriously think that car pictured would be the next Z9.
      • 7 Years Ago
      #3 SSBR -

      No, I do not believe Bangle styling is helping BMW make more sales. The simple fact that there ARE visually new cars, coupled with the health of the economy and BMW's continued status amongst the upper-middle class lends itself to the sales boost. After all, the car doesn't have to be pretty to be status - it's an obviously brand new BMW in your driveway to show your neighbors.

      I still believe Bangle styling holds down BMW sales and after correctly accounting for the status factor it would be visible. Literally every Z3 owner I know personally was so "moved" by the Z4 that they jumped to Porsche and bought a Boxster.

      In short, yes, the sales went up. but I believe they would have went up MORE if not for the Bangle styling.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The small wheel/tire combo tipped it off not being the Z-9. I thought it might be the new Z-2, after reading Road&Track saying BMW was dumping the Z-4.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Man what I really want is that hardtop silver MR-2 Spyder that you see in the first pic.
      • 7 Years Ago
      From Z9 to Z2, just because of a pre-production seat fabric... I can't give any credibility to that.

      It's a Z4 because of it's size. If it looks slightly bigger than the current Z4, maybe it is because a Z2 can be on it's way.
      • 7 Years Ago
      yeah their spotting of the cloth seats do make a much better case for a Z2 prototype. Cause there's never been a cloth seated Z4 either. (even past that its a prototype it may not have the stock seats in it for testing anyways)

      Weren't there other pictures of this, with a possible backseat?
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